Buteyko Breathing


The Butekyo Breathing method was developed by Russian physician Dr Konstantin Buteyko, who conducted ground breaking research to determine the optimal breathing for astronauts during the Soviet Space Race (1955).  Incidentally, his research uncovered a way to reverse asthma and a number of common health conditions.

In a nutshell, Buteyko Breathing exercises are about re-establishing your innate breathing pattern (diaphragmatic and nose breathing); obtaining balanced levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitric oxide for circulation throughout your muscles, tissues, organs and cells. When this biochemical process is at its best so will be the detoxification process and all the other integrated systems of your body.


Buteyko exercises are designed to:

  1. Re-educate and recalibrate the respiratory centres in your brain, using neuroplasticity to switch from an over-breathing state to small non-audible breathes, naturally reducing the number of breathes per minute (ideally 8-12).
  2. Increase the absorption of nitric oxide through your upper respiratory system.
  3. Allow your accessory breathing muscles in your neck and shoulders to take a step back as your main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, is activated correctly and strengthened.
  4. Supply your smooth muscles with enough carbon dioxide.
  5. Stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system.
  6. Alleviate conditions such as: asthma, coughing, excess mucous, frequent yawning, snoring, excess sweating, dizziness, brain fog, headaches, high blood pressure, pain in the chest, anxiety, racing heartbeat, depression, fatigue, muscle pain, gum disease, IBS, itchy skin, bed wetting, and sleep apnoea.


Carbon Dioxide (CO2):

  • Switches on your calming parasympathetic 'rest and digest' nervous system, and dampens your stress hormonal response, the sympathetic ‘fight-or-flight’ nervous system.
  • Increases oxygenation to your tissues and cells - the Bohr effect; offloading of oxygen from the haemoglobin (red blood cells); reducing lactic acid build up.
  • Maintains blood pH level.
  • Relaxes your smooth muscles that surrounds your hollow organs, airways, blood & lymph vessels.


Nitric Oxide (NO):

  • Sterilises incoming air.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antimicrobial.
  • Anti-tumour.
  • Increases your endurance and strength.
  • Improves your quality of sleep.
  • A neurotransmitter between your nerve cells.
  • Regulates your vascular tension (vasoregulator).
  • Dilates the air passages in your lungs and blood vessels (vasodilator).
  • Reverses build-up of cholesterol and plaque in your blood vessels.


Nose Breathing:

  • Filters air of larger particles, e.g. pollen and dust.
  • Nose breathing warms and moistens air.
  • Regulates volume of air.
  • Increases amount of NO.
  • Nose breathing activates and strengthens the diaphragm, the primary breathing muscle.
  • Creates a good looking face: alert eyes, good definition of cheekbones, straight teeth, straight nose, wider face, well developed jaw, and good airway size.


Mouth Breathing and Over-Breathing:

  • Over-breathing is when the respiratory centers in the brain that regulates the amount of air you breathe, becomes accustomed to over-breathing. It becomes your new normal.
  • Reduces the delivery of oxygen to tissues and cells.
  • Mouth breathing bypasses NO production.
  • Breathing big and/or through the mouth expels a high amount of CO2. Decreased levels of CO2 switches on stress hormones.
  • Excessive breathing increases stress hormones.
  • Mouth and chest breathing activates and overworks, fatiguing, the accessory breathing muscles in your shoulders and neck: scalene, sternocleidomastoid and trapezium.
  • Increased risk of developing a forward head posture and reduced respiratory strength.
  • Mouth breathing initiates a dry mouth which increases acidification, leading to increased possibility for dental cavities, gum disease, and bad breath (from altered bacteria flora).
  • Increases your chance of snoring and developing sleep apnoea.
  • Creates a not so good looking face: tired eyes, poor definition of cheekbones, crocked teeth, crocked nose, narrow face, set back jaw, and smaller airway size.


Buteyko Adult Group Classes:

Over 4 weeks you will learn how to better your health, including improving your cardio fitness, by simply re-establishing your normal breathing patterns.

The fee for each class is $100, which includes detailed exercise handouts, mouth tape and Patrick McKeown's book, Close Your Mouth. The 5th class in an optional free 1 hour recap class. Total cost $400.


Private classes: $150 per class; 3 weekly 1.5 hour classes. Please contact Miriam directly to arrange your first class. You are welcome to attend the 5th group class at no additional charge.


2017 Upcoming Adult Group Class Dates:
  • Saturday: 14th, 21st, 28th Oct, 4th & 18th Nov      1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Monday: 16th, 23rd, 30th Oct, 6th & 20th Nov       10am - 11:30am
  • Thursday: 19th, 26th Oct, 2nd, 9th & 23rd Nov      6pm – 7:30pm


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To secure your seat: first complete your payment and then email through the completed registration form to info@bodyintune.com.au.




Incorporating Buteyko concepts in with bodywork therapy sessions:

Breathing issues can be at times due to a structural inbalance, eg a fascially restricted diaphragm. Having your body in a better postural balance will inhance the Buteyko breathing exercsies.



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